Congrats to Dance Place from the National Endowment for the Arts

Dance Place Director Deborah Riley welcomed Dr. Jane Chu, the new Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Lionell Thomas, Director of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, for a tour of our new facility this summer.

“Congratulations on the good work you are doing to make the arts meaningful to the community.” – Dr. Jane Chu

The NEA has provided funding to Dance Place since our first full presentation series in 1981. Throughout the years, NEA has supported our annual diverse performing series, provided a major Challenge Grant for commissioning new works and funded the expansion of DanceAfrica America (under the direction of Founding Director Carla Perlo).

Most recently, Dance Place was honored to receive a NEA Our Town Grant, which was essential to the delivery of two years of “Art on 8th”, as part of our Moving Forward campaign’s Program Enhancement Fund. With the Our Town grant, Dance Place has provided 120 public performing arts experiences, visual arts exhibitions and creative workshops, all free of charge.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has provided substantial support for our organization since our inception. DCCAH has funded every part of Dance Place: presentations, organizational capacity, festivals and educational programs. Through their Cultural Facilities Project grant, the Commission has invested over $335,000 from 2010-2014 for our Moving Forward capital project. We are truly grateful to both of these institutions for their dedication to the arts, both nationally and in the District.